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Nice Ride

With gas hanging at right around $4.00/gallon I have started to see fewer huge SUV’s on the road, and a large increase in all kinds of different transportation this summer.  In addition to smaller cars (including the very cute MINI cooper and Smart cars) there have been a larger # of people on bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters.

But I must say that there is probably only one of these on the road….

I am thinking that it is not particulary eco-friendly, but I don’t think green is the goal with a ride like this.  It is not often you see such a pimped out ride in midwestern suburbia!

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What is this?  I realize that I need more yarn (or another scarf) like I need a hole in my head.  But between the mowing, knitting, and general laziness this weekend I went and checked out a yarn shop that I have been meaning to find for quite a while.  I “needed” longer size 7 circular needles to finish one of my many WIP’s…so that is all the excuse I needed to venture to a new area in search of new treasures.  I left Needlework Unlimited with enough of these to do yet another Vintage Velvet scarf and, of course, my needles (at least in my excitement I didn’t forget what I originally went there for).

I made 2 of these scarves for Christmas presents last year and absolutely loved them.  I wanted to do one for myself in red, but at the time I could not find the yarn anywhere except online.  So when I ran across these today, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t pick them up (after all Christmas is only 6 months away, and is it not the perfect Christmas red??).  And I must say NU was a very nice yarn store.  Lots of variety and very friendly staff.  I will most definitely be going back there for some of their gorgeous cotton and bamboo.

In addition to my stash growth, both of my Netflix movies (The Jane Austen Book Club & Agatha Christie’s A Carribean Mystery) had knitting in them this weekend.  It was meant to be a knitting weekend!

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It’s been a busy week.  I finished it last night by going to Mystic Lake with A to see…..

Hmmmm.  Who is he?

Yep, we went and saw Rick Springfield.  It was a fun show.  I realized I was evidently not a big fan in the 80’s because the beginning of the show was a bit slow for me…’cause I didn’t know many of the songs.  I did, however, remember watching him as Dr. Drake on General Hospital, so appreciated the pictures and comments regarding that.

He spent a large part of the 2nd half of the show doing this….

At first his walking on the chairs in the crowd was fun.  However, he is getting older and we began to wonder if he was going to hurt himself.  He thanked the people around him several times for balancing him.  And it slowed the pace of the show down a lot since he did it a lot and obviously cannot sing while doing it.

It was, however, a fun show and a fun night.  I haven’t been to a casino in  years and we played the slots a bit before we left….I came out $40 ahead!!  YAY!  The security guard did not appreciate us trying to document our outing by the backlit sign (which obviously was causing us many camera issues since you can’t really see A), but we did it anyway.

Earlier in the week I had family here.  We hit many of the highlights in town.

Whenever I see pictures of Minneapolis, the Cherry and the Spoon sculpture usually is one of them.  I do forget that it is a fountain too.  The sculpture garden has many other interesting things, even if we can’t always figure them out.  The Cherry and Spoon is my favorite and is celebrating it’s 20 year birthday this year.

In St Paul we have many cool sculptures of the Peanuts gang.  The Detention Center was our “fun” picture for the parents that were not along.

And, finally Minnehaha Falls.  I love waterfalls and it is such a beautiful park along with being a really nice waterfall right here in town.

After all of the activity this week I have had a very quiet Saturday and made really good progress on the baby blanket.  This is what summer is all about!

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Yes, I am a few days behind.  I have had company for the past couple of days.  We had a blast, but I am whipped.  The weather here in the great white north has been beautiful!

On Saturday I took a break from my company preparations (read massive cleaning so they have somewhere to sleep) to go see some 6 & 7 year olds play soccer.  VERY entertaining and a great way to enjoy the sunshine on a beautiful Saturday.

There is mass confusion followed by everyone surrounding the ball.

Good times!

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Not too long ago I mentioned my attempt at gardening this year.  My crops now look like this!!

How flipping cool is that!

I still need to transplant some so that they have more room….obviously 4 plants in a pot is not going to work.

But I have produce!!!

I have also been knitting away and Cinxia is coming along nicely, I just haven’t had the opportunity for a good photo shoot.  I also threw in a quick filler project…I need mindless knitting some nights while vegging in front of the tv.

I found a pattern on Ravelry that is just a big dishcloth baby blanket.  Lots of garter to feel a quick sense of accomplishment!

There is a baby boy that I will meet in September that needs lots of knitted love!

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Mosaic

I can honestly say I don’t play on Flickr very much.  I’m in there enough to be able to pull my pictures out, and that is about it.  But today, in more than one of the blogs that I peruse (i.e. here and here), I found a fun little game.

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into the mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Now if I can just figure out how to change my picture in my header…..

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Creativity

I own a sewing machine, and in fact, can sew.  It’s just not something that I enjoy.  Now shopping for fabric is a different story.  LOVE it!  My mom sewed 90% of my clothes growing up (didn’t like it so much then), and we spent a lot of time shopping at real stores and then going to the fabric store and recreating things.  So even though I don’t sew, I still love fabric.  Sometimes it is just therapy and kickstarts my creativity.

We have a warehouse fabric outlet here that is overwhelmingly large.  You don’t get a lot of info on fabric, i.e. what is it made of and what are the care instructions.  But the price is usually right and the options seem endless.  Whenever I need any sort of uphostery…this is where I go.  The 1st time I took my sister there I thought she was going to hyperventilate…she is a bit of a neat freak, and tidy this place is not.   The kicker is that you also cut your own yardage (unless it is large quantities, or any of their silk)…the 1st time I was there was VERY educational!

I can’t say that I currently need anything, but I had the urge to go check the place out.

Forgive the poor quality, I only had my cell phone on me.

And I have no need for anything upholstered in flip flops….but how cute is this!!!

Now I’m off the watch the season premiere of Army Wives.

 

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